Runoff Red IPA | Odell Brewing Company

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90
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233 Reviews
Runoff Red IPARunoff Red IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
odells.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SuperWhite92 on 01-30-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
233
Ratings:
789
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
9.41%
 
 
Wants:
84
Gots:
155
For Trade:
1
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Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Mike, quite a good little beer.

Beer is orange with no haze, decent head with poor retention and minimal lacing, looks like beer.

The aroma is malty with an ever so mild roast to it. I think I know how this beer was made.

Beer is medium to light in body with a nice sweetness and a mildly dry finish. The midpalate has a mild ethanol flavor with a mildly bitter finish. Overall a decent beer that I'd have again.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

The pour produced a lot more head than I was expecting, almost too much, but it was still a good-looking, frothy head that formed into a plateaued peak. The head was persistent and chewy in appearance. A copper red liquid with billowing carbonation and a clean, filtered look beneath the head looked delicious. Add to this the semi-opaque appearance and orange hues that add some intrigue.

This beer's smell will take you to paradise. Very tropical and fruity. I get citrusy and piney hops, sweet tropical fruit and bread. The beer is very pungent and aromatic and these notes carry on to the flavor. The palate gets sweet, citrus and bread initially, some pineapple, orange and grapefruit then follow. The beer then finishes sharp, piney and bitter.

This beer is very spring-like, even if it was released while we're still in the clutches of winter. It's light, effervescent and easy-drinking. Starting sweet the beer becomes dry and then finishes bitter. It's distinct from most reds and IPAs in that it's not as creamy and malty and much easier to throw back.

It's a pleasant drink and one I could drink far into the summer. I could easily finish a six pack on my own.

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Photo of hardy008
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a amber to copper color, with more than a one finger off white head, with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, citrus zest, toffee, and caramel malt.

Tastes just like it smells with grapefruit, citrus zest, toffee, and caramel malt. Has a nice combination of hop bitterness and caramel malt to make a nicely balanced beer.

Light to medium bodied with modest carbonation. Another nice ber from Odell. I am very glad they distribute to Minnesota.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Gorgeous bottle and gorgeous beer. The flavor is great, tons of caramel maltiness balanced perfectly with hops. Sweet and bitter. Odell stuns me once again.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz single with a freshness date of 061209, seems my sample might be a bit past it's prime. Pours a fairly hazy reddish brown color with a huge, billowing, mesa-forming tan head. Have to wait a bit as the foam recedes very slowly and clings to the glass with ease.

Smell is juicy tropical, citric and grassy hop goodness. Bold and hopped up nose here. Enough sweet caramel malt backbone to distinguish it from your typical IPA, but the hops are the main show here.

Hop flavor outshines the hop bitterness here, which is just fine by me. Malt provides plenty of backbone and this one has a smoothness I have not seen from some of the other big reds I have had. I like the fact that the sweetness is kept pretty low, which contributes a somewhat thinner than usual body, but in this case it makes the beer that much more refreshing. I would like to get my hands on another, fresher sample sometime soon as this beer is quite tasty.

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Photo of DCon
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 FLUID OZ. bottle @ the Wine & Cheese Place in Ballwin, MO for $1.99. Poured from the Green/Blue bottle with a "Seasonal" cap on the top into my Gilligan's Island Bar Pint Glass and has a date of 6/15/11A on the back but doesn't say if its a Best By or Bottled on Date...

Aroma- Has a distinct CRACKER JACK'S aroma from the start and tons of caramel character. The hops are medium-high with a piney attribute. Good all around.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that is off-white, bubbly, and has good retention. Has a deep amber color body and the lacing is thick.

Flavor- Very malty and has a strong earthy hop taste. Sweet caramels come into play in the middle of the drink, and then finishes with a light bitterness but smooth.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, but then a bit watery on the finish.

Overall Impression- Huge maltiness and a caramel character like no other. I wish the hops were more dominant but this wasn't a bad characteristic. Drinkable and enjoyed before the U2 Concert @ Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO. Pumped!

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty solid beer - I like the smell. Just a hint of malts and some fruit, maybe grapes. The taste is very balanced - I especially like how the malt balances with the fruit. Nothing sticks out but overall it's very enjoyable.

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Photo of Mongrel
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dank tropical fruit with a zesty, piney green underpinning. Very interesting hop profile that leaves a lively lemon/citrus prickliness on the palate, but is also balanced by earthy flavors. Berries also come into play, both on the nose and the palate.

Looks gorgeous - a truly red ale with frothy off-white head and sticky lacing.

Not as dank and resinous as some Red IPAs I've had, but this is more fresh and lively instead. Well balanced - another winner from Odell!

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Photo of dcscientist
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is exactly what it says it is - a red IPA. Not super-hoppy, thanks to the malty balance of the red, but definitely not just your standard red. The color is a nice dark mahogany, again not quite your normal red. There's a lot of lace on this one too. This is a winter/spring seasonal and I'm glad I picked up a six-pack, even though it's not my favorite beer style. I'll try anything from Odell, and this is no exception.

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Photo of mothman
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a khaki white head. Color is a ruby hued copper. Lots of lace.

Flavor profile: This beer has a nice juicy flavor to it. Orange with some grapefruit citrus. Fairly tropical. Nice and hoppy as well. A bit floral. A nice malt base to round things out so it's not in your face bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and clean. Medium bodied. Good carbonation.

Overall, I really enjoy this offering from odell. I love how tropical it with just the right amount of hops to not be very bitter. Very drinkable.

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Photo of zander4dawin
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful looking beer, deep Amber color with great clarity and Lacing with afluffy head. Sticky sweet malt profile with heavy floral notes, and a toasty oat finish.

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Photo of spoony
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 355 ml bottle (best before May 29, 2013) into a globe glass.

A-This brew pours with two fingers of tan foam. The head has decent staying power and leaves some lacing on the glass. The brew is mostly clear and garnet/ruby hued with brown highlights.

S-This brew smells great. It is quite spicy with a fair dose of mint and pine-scented hops. I detect a little whiff of caramel-scented malts to balance things out.

T-The taste is not as intense as the smell. There is still a spicy, herbal, pine hop component that dominates, but the malts move up in strength and sort of mute the spiciness. A nicely balanced brew with a spicy finish.

M-The feel is a little watery and light for me. I could have used a bit more heft.

O-This is a well-done red ale with good looks and good drinkability. The smell especially hits all the right notes with lots of spice and herb character, but there is enough malt here to distinguish this from an IPA. I would definitely drink this again.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours red with great clarity and a light brown head.

Hops jump out of the glass from the get-go in the aroma. Red delicious apple skins, piney and grassy hops, with a soft malt background that takes a while to define itself.

Bready malts eventually work their way out past the piney west coast hops in the flavor. The mouthfeel could be bulked up a bit, but it's light nature makes for a really drinkable hoppy beer.

Worth a try! One of the nicer spring seasonals for the midwest.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish amber red with a touch of chill haze but otherwise clear with a nice two finger plump head of light brownish-red foam.

Nice and welcoming sweet biscuits, caramel, and toffee accompany notes of pine and subtle citrus notes.

The caramel and bready notes from the firm malt backbone provide just enough sweetness, but does not overpower the hop addition, lending notes of citrus, grass, and pine.

Light-medium bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, balanced.

Overall, while I'm not generally a fan of amber ales due to the styles usual subtlety, but I was thorough pleased with this brew. It's greatly balanced and is almost too easy drinking.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A random single I grabbed on a recent trip to the US.

A - Pours a hazy dark orange colour with a rudy red hue, solid finger of soapy white head, solid retention and nice spotty lacing.

S - Sweet citrus hops, surprisingly resiny, hints of sugary maple and a touch of caramel on the finish.

T - Nice sweet citrus hops off the top, nicely balanced with a rich caramel malt backbone, touch of resiny hops linger alongside hints of citrus rind and pineapple.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and touch of dryness on the finish.

O - Incredibly tasty red ale, solid hop presence but nicely balanced with the caramel malts. Highly recommended and incredibly drinkable. This stuff on tap, I would imagine, would be irresistible.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this one just out of curiousity, I had not heard or seen anything about it.

A - deep ruby red, almost brown w/ a decent sized tan head, w/ plenty of lacing to keep tack of my sips/gulps on the way down.

S - citrus and floral hops primarily, with some caramel malt in the backround

T - besides delic-ious-o you ask?? aggressive hop bitterness gives just a little to make way for a malty middle featuring some nice toffee and caramel notes, giveing it an almost nutty flavor. and closes w/ a nice hop bitterness.

MF - full, low carbonation, makes it a bit heavy

D - the flavor makes it a joy to drink, only thing is the abv, is a bit too high for this to be a sessionable beer, but i could definately kick back quite a few

this is a full bodied, aggresively hopped up American amber, full of flavor and bitterness w/ enough malt to give it some balance. this beer reminds me of an esb w/ more of a kick

i previously didn't care too much for ambers, i now see them in a new light and highly recommend this beer to both red fans, and hop-heads alike

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Photo of AndyP612
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes on tap at The Blue Door Pub

A- Dark, cloudy, deep red. Head dissipated quickly.

S- Slight malt in the nose not overwhelming nose.

T- Rich, woody malt right on the forefront with plenty of hop to compete for attention.

M- Definitely could have been bigger I would call this a light medium bodied ale.

O- I would order this ale again. I found myself looking for more than what was there which may be because I like bigger ales. Probably not very helpful in this review but it is what it is. Cheers.

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Photo of rowew
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, standard Odell bottle. ABV and date are both clearly marked, label is a goat who looks a bit satanic, but the style matches the rest of the Odell logos.

Appearance: Pours clear red, nice head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: Lots of hops, grassy with a bit of sticky pine resin.

Taste: Lighter body than I expected from the aroma, hops are dominant but not the top. Quite a bit of malty flavor, but I can't pin down specifics.

Overall impression: Highly drinkable, some good flavors. This seems like a mellower version of their Extra Special Red.

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Photo of Rayek
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet.

A: Garnet hued amber with nice clarity and active carbonation from tiny bubbles. Tight cream head starts strong before settling to a thin film. Leaves patches of lace.

S: Slightly vinous, with hints of red grapes. A toffee sweetness is also at work. Lemon, grapefruit, plus a little oak round things out.

T: This a very balanced beer. Toffee and dark fruits start things out. Bitterness comes on in the form of citrus and pepper. Finishes dry and woodsy with a mild lingering grapefruit and lemon flavor.

M: Medium body is somewhat dry. Carbonation level is right on.

D: This is a really nice beer. It reminds me a bit of the Extra Special Red that Odell did in '09, only toned down in the alcohol department. That's a good thing, as I enjoyed that beer and am fond of this one as well.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a clear dark red-orange. Head is a long lasting off white. Some lacing on the glass.
S- Smell is honey sweetness and some fruityness. A little underwhelming on the nose.
T- Good flavors here. Starts with honey and tropical fruit. Finish is more bitterness with some citrus fruits in there as well.
M- Fairly full body. Medium-low carbonation. Somewhat dry finish.
O- A pretty stellar beer. I could enjoy this one regularly.

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Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: deep aged copper in color, topped with a nice off white head

s: immediately struck with a nosefull of fresh, pulpy citrus hops - grapefruit, tangerine - resting on a malty dark caramel body evoking torched sugars and dark cookies, some pineapple lurking

m: carbonation medium, body about the same

t: the taste follows the nose - juicy citrus hops set this red/amber apart from the crowd, most notably sweet grapefruit and tangerine, nice grainy caramel body, dark bread, appropriately bitter, seamlessly balanced

d: easy - a satisfactory six-pack pickup

sourced from the Liquor Depot, Rock Springs, WY

dated 05/21/10

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Photo of MFMB
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've become a fan of black IPAs and now I'm really digging the red IPAs. I am a fan of Ambers and this beer has everything you like about ambers. Nice malt flavor mixed with the generous hoppy citrus/resin flavors meld well together. Nice deep Amber pour and a good mouthfeel. Nice beer

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A bit out of season, but what the hay.

A : The bottle says that the beer is the color of the runoff from the waters of the red rocks. I'd have to say in their defense it looks absolutely beautiful. A beautiful red rock body with some rose and iced tea hues, sitting at 90% opaque. The head is yellow popcorn colored and stays firm at 1 finger while leaving lace on the sides of the glass. Well done.

S : Hop bite out front in the nose (grapefruit/light pine), with a roasted malt character right behind it. Dead on for style. The bouquet could be stronger, but otherwise it's completely spec.

T : A pleasant and balanced melange of roasted caramel maltiness and muted (yet dull stabs of) hop. A bit of blueberry, cracker, and strawberry can be tasted as well as orange peel (hop). Slight antiseptic but not bad. There was something else I was thinking of but I lost it now.

F : Appropriate carbonation and a delicate creaminess match with an almost perfect semi-dryness that crescendos into a balance mixture at the finish.

O : Even out of the bottle this beer tastes great. But even better, the visual fireworks of seeing the lacing gather and dissolve as the beer is drank even from my recliner in an every day pint glass makes for a fabulous experience. Visual, smell, taste, feel...it's all there. Runoff Red is a good shot. Odell knows IPAs.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark coppery brown with a bit of brick red to it. Heavy glow to the body carrying a smeared appearance. Densely capped with a beige crown of firm foam standing to about a pinky high. Faintly thinned sheets and webby strings of lace coat the glass well.

Sweet dark red apple bready aroma with a bit of fresh leafy hoppyness, apricot, red rice, pale and red malts. Nice and clean, with a bit of crispness to it and tugs well on the nose.

Taste is smallish in the apple area with a semi dry undertone of red, toasted, and pale malt with a fresh grazing of grassy and leafy dried hoppyness. Breezy but a firm little sweetness sits a bit bready with some lighter honey and caramel swimming about. Airy finish with a fluffy ended light tone of bittering hops and buttered toast.

Clean lighter medium body with a nicely rounded and easy going sweetness that floats right through letting the little nuances of the flavors and dryness mingle their way onto the palate with a complexity worthy of any solid Red ale out there.

Pretty impressive stuff. Subtle, complex, with an easy to drink attitude. Odell knows how to make the simple styles seem just a bit more so, which is great. And this is definately one of those brews.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour: Well, it's red alright. A deep, dark, clear burgundy red. Two and a half fingers of tan head that sticks around and laces the glass very nicely.

Aroma: Hop-forward aroma with grapefruit and some underlying tones of caramel malt.

Taste: Starts off with an acidic lemon twang with a semi-sweet caramel malt base. Classic biscuity amber middle is present but in a slightly lesser degree. A bit nutty toward the end, and then finishes up with a fairly assertive grapefruit hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Has a sort of smoothness to it, and a rather dry finish.

Drinkability/Overall: Smooth and easy drinking with lots to like about the taste. Not overly filling, but not exactly a session beer either.

Final Notes: A lovely interpretation of the style, with a kicked-up hop presence. It would be a good utility beer since it's hoppy enough for spicy foods but malty enough to go with anything else. I'll be returning for more.

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Runoff Red IPA from Odell Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 789 ratings.
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